As towns near completion of building our networks, we must consider how we're going to manage operating them, and what to charge customers in order to meet expenses. Often the focus is on hiring an Internet Service Provider (ISP) with the lowest price. But the ISP cost turns out to be only a small part [...]
The following document is an Executive Summary of Network Operations and Service Agreement, which summarizes the key points of the service agreements with towns and also has a diagram to help visualize the cash flow under this arrangement.
The following is the Service Agreement between WiredWest and member town MLPs that was passed on January 16, 2019.
The following revised Bylaws were adopted by the Board on January 16, 2019.
- 1/18/2019 Updated Bylaws and WiredWest Service Agreement with Towns
- 11/18/2018 Added Nov 7 updated Bylaws, WiredWest Service Agreement with Towns, and Executive Summary of Network Operations and Service Agreement with Cash Flow Diagram to Documents page.
- 11/17/2018 Added Letter: WiredWest stands ready to deliver broadband to media page
- 11/13/2018 Added WiredWest retools to advance last-mile broadband plans | The Berkshire Eagle to media page
- 11/7/2018 Added Town Specific Info section
- 11/7/2018 updated MLP Accounting vs Enterprise Fund
- 11/7/2018 posted contract with Westfield Gas and Electric as service provider
- 10/4/2018 updated Advice for Towns with projected start dates by town.
- 4/28/2018 Added Shocker: Community-owned broadband is cheaper and better than Big Cable to media page
- 3/31/2018 Added Sample Documents page with Sample IRU and Sample Easement.
WiredWest Operational Contract with Westfield Gas & Electric After much negotiation, WiredWest and Westfield Gas & Electric (WG&E) have signed the contract below. This is for a comprehensive package of services include ISP, Network Operations, Customer and Tech support, automatic detection of line faults and equipment failures and initiation of repairs. WiredWest will monitor WG&E's [...]
“WiredWest Is Town’s Cheaper Operator For Broadband, Say Consultants” By Katie Nolan Montague Reporter April 19, 2018 WENDELL - On Tuesday night, Jim Crowley of Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) and Brian Richards of PineRidge Consulting presented a joint Wendell broadband committee and selectboard meeting with a comparison of costs for the town to operate a broadband network as an independent operator, or as a member of the WiredWest regional cooperative. The consultants considered administrative costs such as insurance, electrical power for the network electronic equipment, pole licensing, accounting, audits, legal fees, maintenance of the cables and other outdoor equipment, internet service provider (ISP) subscriber fees, and network backhaul (high bandwidth connection from the town’s electronic operation location to their wholesale ISP). The consultants’ report concluded that “Over time, as operator of a regional cooperative network, WiredWest could offer a better value to all members towns, as opposed to operating their network independently.” Because the consultants’ presentation and committee and citizen questions continued from 7pm until after 9pm, the joint meeting tabled all of its other agenda items, including item #9, “Possibility of revoting Town authorization of Broadband project,” until Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm. Approximately a dozen citizens attended the meeting, including Robbie Leppzer, author of an open letter to the selectboard affirming “strong support for building a municipally-owned broadband network in Wendell,” and other signers of this letter. Here is a link to download the full report (PDF - 1 MB): www.turningtide.com/…/Comparison_of_Broadband_Operational_M…